Chapter 3. Getting to Know Digital Photography

After you buy your camera, you're ready to start creating portraits. Almost. Before you can create decent photographs, you've got to know what all those funny little buttons and dials do. You've also got to master the camera menu. That's not as easy as choosing one from Column A and one from Column B. If you don't know how to use the features of your camera, you're not going to get the most out of your camera. If all you're doing is pushing a button and hoping for the best, that isn't really photography. Photography is a combination of creativity and knowing your equip-ment. In the beginning, you'll spend a lot of time get-ting to know your camera. But after a while, you'llknow your equipment like the back of your hand; your creative juices will flow, and you'll take some fantastic pictures. This chapter is about under-standing what digital photography is all about, mastering your digital camera, and getting the most from it.

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Understanding Digital Photography

Digital photography is pure technology. Think about it. Your camera captures photons of light through a lens composed of multiple elements of highly polished glass. The light hits a sensor that has a photosite for each pixel. The photosites in the sensor records what the lens sees, and then the results ...

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